I read two books by Taylor Dean that blew me away! The line between sane and crazy was very fine…and sometimes invisible. I absolutely loved them…couldn’t stop thinking about them…didn’t do laundry because I HAD to finish and know if Zoe’s romance was real or all in her head. Here’s my scoop on each:
Lancaster House: Zoe Grayson is in a mental hospital after trying to kill herself. The beautiful, seemingly sweet young woman is considered unstable and dangerous as there are two dead men associated with her. The story begins with Doctor Channing doing therapy; he is leery and very careful with her. As weeks and months pass, Zoe begins to trust the doctor and tell him the story of Lancaster house and her true love…which will leave you reeling and wondering where the line between crazy really lies.
Middle Aisle: I was a little scared to read this sequel because I was terrified it might go in a direction that would make me unhappy. But the story stayed true to Lancaster House and captivated me clear to the end. I love Zoe, Andre and Doctor Channing…and the crazy plot twists that had me questioning myself (like Zoe did) about what was real and what wasn’t. The characters became dear friends who I bit my nails off for as I ached and struggled with them to find happiness…and truth.
To spread the word about these awesome books, I’ve invited Taylor Dean to visit so we can get to know her. She has graciously offered to give away a copy of both Lancaster House and Middle Aisle to one lucky commenter (ebook or print). I hope you win. Now on to the interview.
Tell us a little about yourself, Taylor.
I am a mother of four children, three girls and one boy. My family is the most important thing in the world to me. I have three grandchildren: one grandson that is one year old, one on the way—soon to make an appearance in June, and one that we sadly lost at eight months gestation to Trisomy 18. (His story is on my blog entitled, ‘Remembering Jerad.’
I grew up a California girl, but now reside in the great state of Texas. I love to scrapbook, clean and decorate my house, (yes, I love it) and read. Did I mention that I LOVE to write?
I can’t say enough good about your books. What sparked this idea?
Lancaster House is a paranormal romance that I never really intended to write! However, I’ve since discovered that I love to write romance, no matter what the sub-genre is. The story of how Lancaster House came about is an interesting one. My daughter challenged me to write a paranormal story because it’s her favorite genre. “Let’s both write a paranormal story and see what comes of them,” she said. “We’ll do it together. It’ll be fun, puhleeeese, Mom.”
I told her, “I don’t want to write anything paranormal. My mind just doesn’t think that way.” However, before we hung up I found myself promising that I would think about a plot. At this same time I was ridiculously addicted to American Idol. In the season finale, I was mesmerized by Adam Lambert’s performance of ‘Mad World.’ He wore vampire-like garb and sang on a fog-shrouded stage. This visual set my imagination on fire! That was all it took. Lancaster House began to take shape in my overactive imagination. One amazing performance=one 90,000 word novel (and now a sequel! Middle Aisle). I owe it all to my daughter for putting the bug in my ear. The results have been amazing.
Incidentally, my daughter never wrote her paranormal story!
Tell your daughter thanks from me. These books thrilled me. Can you tell everyone why they should read your book?
In the words of a book reviewer: “I guarantee you have never read any other book that is remotely like this one!”
-Jess of Book Liaison
Now, for the soul-searching questions. What candy bar would be your motto for life?
I like to laugh a lot—it keeps my life happy—so I’ll have to say Snickers!
Hmmmm? That seems to be a favorite with authors. Which Star Wars character would you be?
Princess Leia. After all, what little girl doesn’t want to be a princess? As a young teenager I saw the first Star Wars movie in the theater and thought her crazy hairstyle was soooo cool. Now . . . not so much. But the fond memory is still there.
She did know how to work that Hairdo. Three Adjectives your friends would use to describe you.
Organized. Structured. Obsessive.
Lightsaber or Wand?
Wand. Magic wins over brawn.
My son might argue with you, but he’s not here, so we’ll continue. Favorite Food?
Chester’s butter flavored Puffcorn. (seriously addicted)
Most Despised Food?
Anything that comes from the ocean.
Okay. No sushi for you then. Favorite Children’s Book.
Jumanji. I fell in love with this book long before it was a movie.
I loved the monkeys in the movie. Favorite Books.
Almost anything by Nicholas Sparks or Victoria Holt.
Thanks for the interview, Taylor. I loved learning more about you…and am a fan for life after reading Lancaster House and Middle Aisle.
To check out these and other books written by Taylor Dean, visit her website. And don’t forget to leave a comment (even if it’s just to tell me your favorite candybar). I’ll announce the winner of Taylor’s books on Monday.